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TMZ Infiltrates "Idol"

4/12/2007 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ secured entry into last night's J.Lo episode of "American Idol" -- and we've got the dirt on what went on behind the scenes!
Inside
After going through metal detectors, checking our cell phones/cameras at the door, and depositing our gum into the CBS Studio page's blue cup (no gum chewing allowed on camera), TMZ was ushered to our seats. Celebrities in the audience included Eva Longoria, Sharon Osbourne, J.Lo BFF Leah Remini, and most interestingly, 80s TV bad girl Donna Mills.

Remini brought some of her tough Brooklyn girl edge to the "Idol" set, as staff made an entire row get up and move so she and her hubby, Angelo Pagan, could sit on the aisle. When a page tried to get Leah to dispose of her gum, she shot him an evil death-ray look that sent him cowering back to his post. The power of Xenu!

Booted "Idol" hopeful, curly-haired Chris Sligh entered the studio and the crowd roared with applause and cheers. Sligh must be a huge fan of "King of Queens," because he made a beeline for Remini and introduced himself. Pre-teen fans roamed the set asking for autographs from ex-"Idols" like Sligh, Alaina Alexander (who traipsed around in trollopy red five-inch heels), and Season 5 diva, Mandisa, membah huh? Some Fanjayas even approached Sanjaya Malakar's sexy sister Shyamali for her John Hancockakar!



Just prior to going live, judges Simon, Randy and Paula entered the studio while high-fiving fans with their burly bodyguards in tow. When they weren't on camera, guards never left their sides -- never underestimate those menacing soccer moms! Say what you will about Ms. Abdul, but the foil-wrapped woman made it a point to go up to fan after fan during commercial breaks, while Randy and Simon waved from their perch.

Last night's Akon performance was not live. The studio audience watched a pre-taped performance on a screen, just like everyone at home. Before J.Lo's performance, Longoria chatted up Remini and her husband, while Simon and newly-named "America's Got Talent" judge, Sharon Osbourne, kibbitzed on the side. Taking bloody notes?

Everyone was on their feet when Jennifer appeared on stage and sang her new Spanish-language single "Que Hiciste?" The fiery performace filled the studio with so much smoke, that production staff scrambled to air out the set by the end of the next commercial break. Muy caliente!

When Ryan Seacrest revealed that Phil Stacey was safe, Sanjaya's mom and sis let out cheers. Apparently, they weren't Haley Scarnato fans either!

After the show ended, producer Simon Lythgoe announced that Mr. J.Lo, Marc Anthony, who was backstage supporting his wife, was asked at the last minute to tape a humorous segment for the upcoming "Idol Gives Back" charity special. Marc obliged and lip-synched a version of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees in front of a green screen. It seems that rumors of the demise of the musical marriage are just that -- rumors! Chisme!

The final surprise of the night came with one more unannounced performance; P!nk was in the house to tape a segment for an upcoming episode (like Akon). Simon, Paula and Randy didn't stick around for P!nk, so audience members sat in for the trio. P!nk, who looked amazing in a form-fitting dress, sang her infectious hit "Who Knew," while the remaining "Idol" contestants sat in the back, groovin' and studying how an authentic pop star moves.

Four hours after arriving to the "Idol" set, we were finally released on our own recognizance!
58 COMMENTS

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Britney Spears Photos    

Just another day in Hollywood

2661 days ago
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RP    

You call this story "dirt"??????

2661 days ago
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Lookinglass    

I can sum up in one word what happened to Leah Remini: Scientology.

2661 days ago
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m-m-m-mela    

did anyone else feel like eva longoria was kinda sorta trying to hide from the camera?

2661 days ago
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Ray    

SANJAYA HAS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE CANNOT SING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. HE IS A DISGRACE

2661 days ago
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tba    

Wow TMZ, real cloak and dagger stuff. Unfortunately, for all your trouble you don't have much to report.

2661 days ago
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just me    

What is the big thing about American Idol? The only time I can half way stand to watch is when they do the auditions. Ryan is not a host, Simon is just way unclassy, Paula is trying way to hard to be nice, and Randy still thinks he is twelve DAWG!

2661 days ago
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Kathy    


i LOVED this story!

granted, not much dirt.
BUT.....for a country girl from WV like me, i love hearing about Hollywood behind-the-scenes!

THANKS TMZ!
you always deliver ENTERTAINMENT!


2661 days ago
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Lisa    

Haley is gone finally. I wonder when Sanjaya will be voted off? Even though he's not a good singer, I still like to see him perform just to see what he will do next and to see if he will get away with it. I think young plp like his personality. He seems so young and innocent.

I really would like Jordin to rise above the rest and to win "Idol". She so talented and so pretty. I think she would be the easiest to mould at becoming a superstar because she is so young. Melinda is a great singer but I think that because of her age and experience she seems to have one style in performing.

Even if Jordin does not win "Idol", I think that producers will rush to sign her on their lables. They would be crazy if they don't.

2661 days ago
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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Tuesday show was the worst show ever,I watched about 30 seconds and saw doolittlle girl,that was her worst vocal ever,wont be watching anymore,i could care less who wins

2661 days ago
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Nicole    

Whatever--GROW UP. You sound like an idiot.

2661 days ago
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Me    

There is absolutely nobody in this year's group that has that WOW factor. Nobody. A few have talent, but not amazing talent. And absolutely no one has an effervescent personality, except Sanjaya, who has no talent. Pick a winner, any winner. Watch this year's winner go the Justin Guarini route.

2661 days ago
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Jon    

Who knew Leah Remini was such a bitch? Scientology seems to be doing wonders for her.

2661 days ago
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tom thumb    

GIVE US ALL A BREAK! THIS SHOW HAS WENT TO THE "DAWGS"! IT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A HAIR STYLE COMP!!!! KID COULD NOT CARRY A TUNE IN A WHEEL-BARROW..

WATCH OUT A/I YOU ARE STEEPING ON YOUR OWN FEET TO LET COMPITION RUN AMUCK!

2661 days ago
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Tracy    

Geez y'all she (Leah) just wanted to keep her gum!! That hardly makes her a bitch. She has always seemed pretty cool in interviews and I'm not going to rule her a bitch over that sillyness!

As for the show- I think there are all levels of talent and they are all growing on me. I feel for the beatings little Sanjaya has taken in the press but he seems like a sweet kid. Hopefully a better singer will win though, since this is, after all, a singing competition, right?! Peace.

2661 days ago
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